Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Ho Chi Minh City on January 26 inaugurated an automatic wastewater monitoring system in 16 local industrial parks and export processing zones.

The automatic wastewater monitoring stations will collect and store post-treatment wastewater samples from the industrial parks and export processing zones for further monitoring.

According to a programme on pollution reduction from 2016 to 2020 approved by the municipal People’s Committee, in 2016 all industrial parks and export processing zones in the locality will get concentrated wastewater treatment systems that meet national standards.

According to the HCM City Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme, treated wastewater now accounts for a low 13.2 percent of the total amount of wastewater discharged in the city.

The city is calling for investment in 12 plants to treat three million cubic metres of wastewater per day.-VNA